WHEN you think of successful business people, you may have an image of the grey-haired alpha male.
Perhaps you automatically think of Kerry Packer’s ultra-masculine polo outfit or Donald Trump’s defiantly unfashionable comb-over hairstyle.
Meet Rebecca Strachan, 18-years-old, a Gladstone girl and packed with fresh ideas.
Ms Strachan is ready to make her mark in the world of business.
Last Saturday, Ms Strachan launched her online clothing store, Water for Camels, with a party at the Boyne Tannum Community House.
She had been studying education at university when she decided she needed a year off to make some cash, so she started working as a personal assistant for Elize Hattin, a business executive and life coach.
“Watching her coach other people, I started to get really interested in business,” Ms Strachan said.
“And then I said, ‘Will you please take me on as one of your clients’.”
Ms Hattin agreed and each week she put Ms Strachan through a two-hour business training session.
“Every week we would make up a business that would be my business for that session,” she said.
“And every time I created a business, it always had something to do with fashion or clothing, whether I was a personal stylist or I opened a store, it was always something along those lines.
“So one day I was receiving the coaching and I said ‘I am going to have an online store and it’s going to have free shipping and it’s going to have beautiful clothes and it’s going to sell confidence to the girls of this generation’.
“And (Ms Hattin) said, ‘That’s amazing. Why don’t you do that?’”
Inspired by stories of other Australian business women, she did her homework and came up with a plan to sell not only clothes online.
The rest is history, as this once-hesitant business girl moves onwards and upwards, all the while sticking with her business motto of selling “a little piece of confidence for every woman.”
A career in education has been replaced by a new dream and she is returning to university next year to study business.
Visit http://www.waterforcamels.com, or check the Water for Camels Facebook page.